Saint Patrick

FEAST DAY. March 17th

Stained Glass Window of Saint Patrick is in the north tower of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

St. Patrick was enslaved by Irish raiders at 16, as a herdsman in harsh conditions, he learned to pray and grew in great holiness. As a missionary to pagan Ireland, he brought the Faith to the Gallic Peoples. Patrick is depicted with a snake (for his legendary removal of snakes from Ireland), a shamrock (to explain the Trinity: 3 persons, 1 nature); a book to represent this “Confessio”, one of few authentic writings which presents him as humble and courageous in converting the people of Ireland, a staff, jewel and green vestments and miter, since, as Bishop of Ireland he divided Ireland into dioceses, founded monasteries, ordained many priests and encouraged spiritual growth among laity. The harp represents the hymn he wrote, “Breastplate: Christ with me… before me… beneath me… above me… on my right… on my left… when I lie down… when I arise… in the heart of every person who thinks of me…in the mouth of every person who speaks of me…in the eye that sees me…in the ear that hears me”.

First Reconciliation and First Communion

Important reminder for parents of children going into first grade…our sacramental program is a two year program which means that children must attend religious education in the first grade if they wish to receive the sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion in second grade. Please call the Religious Education Office at 338-7400 for a registration package.

Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Lent – Laetare Sunday – March 14, 2021




Please take all worship aids with you after mass.


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Click the Lent button for a list of scheduled liturgies and events




Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.




The 300 Club Raffle drawing will be held Thursday May 20th. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. First prize is $10,500 or 35% of tickets sold, second prize is $3,000 or 10% of tickets sold and third prize is $1,500 or 5% of tickets sold.

Click the ‘Download’ button below for the form to signup. You will only need to print and fill out the first page.


Kathy Monacelli from Children’s Liturgy of the Word has a little song and signing that she has traditionally taught the children during the Lenten Season. Prepare Ye from Godspell played by Patricio Molina.

Please share this with a child you love this Lenten Season


Girl Scout Cookie Sale 2021

Girl Scout Troop 20204 of St Thomas the Apostle School will be having their annual Girl Scout Cookie sale. Sunday, March 21, 2021 9:45am-1:00pm in parking lot in front of the school-across the street.


 $5 Per box and $6 for S’mores and Toffee-tactics.

Proceeds go towards all troop projects.

Masks are required. Any questions please email Blanca at BDRmunoz@gmail.com.



February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount pledged is $64,922.

Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up in the 2022 parish operating budget year. If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing. Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Thank you for your prayers and support.










Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

During the Stations of the Cross you may kneel or be seated. Choose a position which best allows you to hear the words, pray them in your heart and make them your own.

All should kneel during the twelfth station “Jesus Dies”

At each station
V: We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. (Kneel)
R: Because, by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world. (Stand)

For those unable to attend in person this week, please view the living stations of the cross from 2020.

Livestream of the Stations of the Cross from February 26, 2021

Mass for the Third Sunday of Lent – March 7, 2021






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Cardinal Joseph Tobin grants Catholics dispensation from obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 19, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. See button and link below.

https://www.rcan.org/cardinal-joseph-tobin-grants-catholics-dispensation-obligation-abstain-meat-friday-march-19


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.







2021 Annual Appeal – Archdiocese of Newark




February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount pledged is $64,922.

Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up in the 2022 parish operating budget year. If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing. Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Thank you for your prayers and support.


Girl Scout Cookie Sale 2021

Girl Scout Troop 20204 of St Thomas the Apostle School will be having their annual Girl Scout Cookie sale. Sunday, March 21, 2021 9:45am-1:00pm in parking lot in front of the school-across the street.


 $5 Per box and $6 for S’mores and Toffee-tactics.

Proceeds go towards all troop projects.

Masks are required. Any questions please email Blanca at BDRmunoz@gmail.com.



Direct Link and look for the following button.

https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=bra2rg0papf#/home/

Contact homeschool@staschoolnj.org


The 300 Club Raffle drawing will be held Thursday May 20th. Only 300 tickets will be sold at $100 each. First prize is $10,500 or 35% of tickets sold, second prize is $3,000 or 10% of tickets sold and third prize is $1,500 or 5% of tickets sold.

Click the ‘Download’ button below for the form to signup. You will only need to print and fill out the first page.











Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent – February 28, 2021










Click the Lent button for a list of scheduled liturgies and events




Cardinal Tobin has written a Pastoral Letter on the Eucharist called “Returning to Grace”.  Please see the following link for a video and more information.




February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount Pledged is $27,412.


Will you join your fellow parishioners in supporting this effort that strengthens many important programs and ministries across the Archdiocese of Newark including our own parish school? If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing . Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference. Thank you for your prayers and support.

A brief statement by Father Larry at the 11:30AM mass on Friday February 26, 2021.


The Equality Act is again being brought up before congress.  Below is a link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website regarding the Act and why they oppose the Act as it is written, including a fact sheet and a link to contact your federally elected officials.

https://www.usccb.org/equality-act

A brief excerpt from the page

“Human dignity is central to what we believe as Catholics.  Every person is made in the image of God and should be treated accordingly, with respect and compassion.  That means we need to honor every person’s right to be free of unjust discrimination.”

“The Equality Act purports to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from unjust discrimination. Although this is a worthy purpose, the Equality Act does not serve it. And instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs.  In the process, the Equality Act codifies the new ideology of “gender” in federal law, dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as only a social construct.”

A direct link to the Equality Act itself is located at
https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/5/text

A select number of bishops, including our own Cardinal Tobin, have signed a statement called “God is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth” that encourages the dignity of all human life and opposes any form of violence, bullying or harassment.
https://tylerclementi.org/catholicbishopsstatement/


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.




Centering Prayer Group For Lent: The God You Are Seeking Is Seeking You




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Mass for the First Sunday of Lent – February 21, 2021





Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #P-400168. All rights reserved.

To go full screen click the in the lower right of the embedded YouTube Video once you start it

To enable Closed Captioning, provided by YouTube, click the CC icon.. The size of the font can be controlled by the gears button to the right of the CC button. You can also set the quality of the video by clicking the gears, selecting quality and then the highest number.


Click the Lent button for a list of scheduled liturgies and events




Catholic Hymnody Series – Part 2

February 14th was our Pledge and Collection Weekend. Please continue to drop your pledge and collection envelopes in the collection basket at mass or place them in the lock box at the top of the Parish Center steps. Thank you to those who have already made their gift to the 2021 Annual Appeal. Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up as an expense in the 2022 parish operating budget year. To date the amount pledged is $64,922.

Our goal of $99,856 can only be achieved through YOUR generosity! Under the new Archdiocese guidelines, if a parish does not reach their goal the balance must be made up in the 2022 parish operating budget year. If you have not yet made a gift, there will be pledge forms available at the doors of the church, or you can visit https://www.rcan.org/sharing. Please be sure to credit our parish if you donate online. Your gift will truly make a difference.

Thank you for your prayers and support.


Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount.

The St. Thomas Social Concerns Ministry will host these discussions on three consecutive Thursday nights: March 11th, March 18th, and March 25th from 7:30pm to 9pm, via the Zoom platform. You may register for all three sessions at once; or up to the day before an individual session via https://forms.gle/WGikoLjTj4RthvPS8 Click the button below for more details.







Centering Prayer Group For Lent: The God You Are Seeking Is Seeking You




Eucharistic Adoration Page with Worship Aids


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Ash Wednesday 2021

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #P-400168. All rights reserved.

To go full screen click the in the lower right of the embedded YouTube Video once you start it

To enable Closed Captioning, provided by YouTube, click the CC icon.. The size of the font can be controlled by the gears button to the right of the CC button. You can also set the quality of the video by clicking the gears, selecting quality and then the highest number.


Stations of the Cross Friday in Lent at 7:00PM. Worship Aids can be found by using this link.

11:30AM Mass Monday through Friday during Lent, Starting February 18, 2021.


Direct Link and look for the following button.

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Contact homeschool@staschoolnj.org